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Netflix’s The Prom Cast is Full of Thespians

December 3, 2020 by Abby Bien
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It’s really happening: The Prom is coming to Netflix on December 11. In preparation for the best night of our lives, we decided to take an event that’s very theater-y and make it even more theater-y (yes we are fun at parties). Here’s a look at the cast and their theater credits.

Andrew Rannells

as Trent Oliver in The Prom

A true Broadway legend side-by-side with Meryl Streep! We absolutely love to see it. While Andrew Rannells has spent recent years on our television screens in shows like Black Monday and Girls, he’s a theater actor at heart. His first role on Broadway was as Link Larkin in Hairspray in 2002. He then joined the Jersey Boys in 2007 before originating one of the most iconic roles ever — Elder Price in The Book of Mormon. Since taking that trip to Uganda, he’s been onstage in Falsettos, Hamilton, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and The Boys in the Band (which you can also watch on Netflix!).

Ariana DeBose

as Alyssa Greene in The Prom

The day Ariana DeBose is a household name is just around the corner. We can feel it. DeBose’s talent was initially spotted on TV when she was a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance in 2009. She quickly made the leap (pun intended) to the stage in 2012 as a cast member in Broadway’s Bring It On adaptation. Next was Motown, Pippin, and then a little-known musical called Hamilton (spot her as The Bullet on Disney+!). After Hamilton, she originated two roles on Broadway: Jane in A Bronx Tale and Disco Donna in the Summer. No big deal but the latter performance earned her a Tony Award nomination. Even as DeBose brings her magic to the screen, her career is still rooted in theater. Alongside this role in The Prom, next year she’s starring as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s much-anticipated West Side Story film.

James Corden

as Barry Glickman in The Prom

We’d venture to say James Corden is one of the biggest theater fans on television. And it makes total sense: he’s a tried and true thespian himself. Before The Late Late Show with James Corden and that epic carpool with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Audra McDonald, Corden was center stage on both the West End and Broadway. His biggest role was in 2011 in the comedy play One Man, Two Guvnors which won him a Tony Award in the U.S. and had him performing all around England. Since he got his very own TV show he’s been a champion of musical theater, inviting tons of Broadway faves onto the show to perform in skits, chat, and sing. He’s no stranger to movie musicals either, having starred in the film of Cats!

Jo Ellen Pellman

as Emma Nolan in The Prom

The Prom poster may read “introducing Jo Ellen Pellman” but Pellman needs no introduction to the magic of theater. A graduate of University of Michigan (the alma mater of so many Broadway actors), Pellman performed in her hometown of Cincinnati for years before getting accepted into the prestigious program. And now we all get to witness her talent front and center onscreen in a performance that’ll surely change millions of lives, just like Pellman’s was when Ryan Murphy gave her the part.

Keegan-Michael Key

as Tom Hawkins in The Prom

Yes, the Key in Key & Peele is a Shakespearean-trained actor. In fact, Key went to college for theater before eventually honing his impressive skills at top-notch live comedy institutions like Second City. After years on television doing Barack Obama impressions and creating Mad TV moments, in 2017 Key returned to his first love in a Public Theater production of Hamlet, where he received rave reviews in his dream role of Horatio. Following that run, he made his Broadway debut in Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower alongside the dynamic duo Amy Schumer and Laura Benanti.

Kerry Washington

as Mrs. Greene in The Prom

Literally what can’t Kerry Washington do? Nothing, the answer is nothing. Before Scandal and Little Fires Everywhere, the actor was just another New York teen finding her voice in community theater. After her worldwide success, in 2009 the television superstar made her Broadway debut in her hometown as the lead in David Mamet’s Race. Then in 2018, she starred in American Son with Steven Pasquale and Jeremy Jordan. The poignant and important story was a Broadway hit and the production was filmed for Netflix. You can watch it whenever you want, and we promise it’s worth your time.

Kevin Chamberlin

as Sheldon Saperstein in The Prom

Beyond being truly one of the best parts of musical theater TikTok and a Disney Channel legend, Kevin Chamberlin is a Broadway star through and through. In 2000 he was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in Dirty Blonde, in 2001 he was nominated for a Tony for Seussical, and in 2010 he was nominated for The Addams Family. If that’s not enough for you, Chamberlin’s also been onstage in other little-known shows like Chicago, Wicked, and Little Shop of Horrors. Most recently he’s been “dreamcast” in TikTok’s Ratatouille musical and we would very much like for that to become a reality thank you very much.

Meryl Streep

as Dee Dee Allen in The Prom

Of course Meryl Streep has conquered theater too. She’s Meryl Streep! Her earliest professional stage role came just around the time that she first appeared on TV and in movies; in 1975, Streep was cast in Trelawny of the ‘Wells’ at New York’s Public Theater. Just a year later she received a Tony nomination for 27 Wagons Full of Cotton. It was the first major award she was nominated for so we like to say theater is Streep’s good luck charm. Since then she’s been a bit busy starring in every movie ever, but the stage keeps calling — more specifically, the Delacorte Theater stage in Central Park. Streep has done a number of performances in the park, the most recent one being Mother Courage and Her Children in 2006.

Nicole Kidman

as Angie Dickinson in The Prom

Another legend! This movie’s gonna be good, isn’t it? Nicole Kidman is definitely a fan of the screen, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t shown the stage some love too. In 1988 she performed in a production of Steel Magnolias in her home Australia. She then made her Broadway debut (and her only Broadway bow — as of now) in 1998 in The Blue Room. Kidman’s most recent spotlight moment was on the West End in 2015’s Photograph 51, a performance that earned her an Olivier Award nomination.

Sofia Deler

as Shelby in The Prom

We are obsessed with Sofia Deler’s journey. First of all if you’re not a Jimmy Awards fan, you need to be. Second of all, the Jimmy Awards are The National High School Musical Theatre Awards and they happen every year in New York and it’s when a bunch of theater high schoolers come together and sing and sometimes they are so good they end up on Broadway (hello Eva Noblezada, Andrew Barth Feldman, Reneé Rapp, and more) and sometimes they are so good they get cast in a movie musical alongside Meryl Streep. Watch Deler’s 2017 Jimmy Awards-winning performance here and then lookout for her on the dance floor in The Prom.

Tracey Ullman

as Vera in The Prom

A true comedy hero for many, Tracy Ullman is also someone theater actors have looked up to for years. When she’s not starring in television shows named after her, Ullman has been onstage with Morgan Freeman, in avant-garde productions, reciting Shakespeare, performing Andrew Lloyd Weber’s music, and acting in theaters all around the world. Her most recent stage credit was in 2014 at New York’s City Center where she starred in a limited engagement of The Band Wagon with Brian Stokes Mitchell and Laura Osnes.